Jumping Jack out of gas
In the 25 years since West Coast’s arrival dramatically changed the landscape of West Australian football, it is unlikely that a local AFL-listed player has produced a more dire WAFL performance than Jack Anthony’s most recent effort.
The Fremantle forward, who was allocated to Subiaco after being recruited from Collingwood, managed just one handball in the surprise loss to Peel at Medibank Stadium on Saturday.
The single stat came in the first quarter when the Lions and Thunder were closely matched before the visitors ran away for their first win of the season.
Anthony played deep in the forward line in the first half before being switched onto Peel forward Ryan Herring in the second where his insipid body language revealed a player horribly short of confidence.
Herring finished with seven goals for the game though five of them came in the first half.
While Anthony has a three-year deal with the Dockers, Subiaco believe he will spend much of that time in the WAFL unless Fremantle can find a new AFL home for him (unlikely), they suffer even more injuries (possibly) or he finds the form that brought him 50 goals for the Magpies in 2009 (hopefully).
The mail from Fremantle to Subiaco is that the AFL club now believes it made a mistake by recruiting Anthony, that he has not gelled with influential players at the port and that his most likely route into the Dockers team is as a defender.